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rocknhorse replied to the topic 'JP Allen Harmonica Lessons' in the forum. 4 hours 4 minutes ago

I did his 99 lesson happy harpin course. It was a decent grounding in beginning techniques and he has a nice relaxed teaching style. It was great for helping get single notes down and for basic chugging but it didn't go a whole lot further than that. I bought his 7 DVD set afterwards but I don't recommend that at all and is, largely, a rerun of the stuff in the happy harpin course.

I've bought a huge amount of lessons over the last few months and would recommend Adam Gussow (moderrnbluesharmonica.com), Ronnie Shellist (harmonica123.com) and Jon Gindick as the best of those.

Gindick's stuff is amazing for rank beginners and I think it's only 50 bucks for a lifetime membership of his video harp club which is far, far less than JP's stuff.

Hope that helps.
Mike

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Suave_Blues_Man replied to the topic 'New Member 7.29.15' in the forum. 10 hours 33 minutes ago

HC Member bnorvell,

You will put most of us to shame. And welcome aboard! Any recordings? What got you started? Legends? Heroes? Personal history? Harp kit? How big is the band?

We used to have a CHAT ROOM to talk with other harpers but the cost must have gotten way out of hand and the site owner shut it down, (versus going to a PAY subscription service). I be using some old statistics when I say that we had 10,000 members world-wide. Some of those members began and moved into recording within a year or two. Conversations with every level and position of harpist were not unusual and some of the Harmonica Club members were 'regulars' in both the FORUM and the CHATROOM. You could find most brands, techniques, styles, genre and everybody appreciated all of it.

The site was "hacked several times and that was part of our undoing. In the time we had that high level of harp spirit several members taught classes to the four corners of the Earth and in a few languages. Once we "piped-in" a Blues Station from Dallas to the UK and got the DJ to recognize the Club - ON THE AIR!

So we're helping rebuild a great Club and site. Any and all contributions are welcome. I ask that if you're referencing a site then list the site, or the player or the contact and who said what. Conversations have happened with subject matter of "Who was the artist who played "Beach Boy Blues" from Blue Hawaii?" Where do I get, how do I get, who makes, who's got and how many harps do you have? Who repairs? Where can I get less expensive harps? I',m going to SPAH, can I get a ride. Members have donated time, money and harps to every aspect of this instrument.

And it continues everyday that we get home from work or school and spend some time here in the FORUM.

It's good to have you and your experience.

Be Blues...And Jazz,

Suave Blues Man

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 13 hours 11 minutes ago

Yes...yes now I got it. You told me this thing 15/20 days back when I was searching for Lee Oskar....Swapan

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 37 minutes ago

"Tombo" is the name of the company that makes the harmonica. "Aero Reed" is the name of this specific model. They are a Japanese based company and they make the well-known Lee Oskar.

The Aero Reed is their flagship diatonic but it is not routinely imported into North America. So, if we want to buy one over here, we have to do some internet searching. I get them from third-party sellers on amazon. The most striking feature of this harp is the chrome plated aluminum comb. I'm not aware of another harp maker who chrome plates the comb...although specialty comb makers will sell chromed combs. Other makers anodize their aluminum combs. I have no idea if one is better than the other but the mirror finish on the Aero Reed comb is striking.

And one of the nice things is that these are actually CHEAPER to obtain (for Canadians) than a standard Hohner Marine Band. These can be ordered from Japan with free shipping and they arrive without being taxed. Add it all up and an Aero Reed will cost me $20 LESS than a Marine Band.

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SWAPAN DEB replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 16 hours 13 minutes ago

Listened your latest upload. Really not insulting. Well played. Who is the mfg. Of Tombo aero reed?

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OE Stone created a new topic ' Happy 79th Birthday - Buddy Guy' in the forum. yesterday

Happy 79th Birthday to Buddy Guy!
His new album "Born to Play Guitar" is available tomorrow.

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Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Grammy Awards this year is only fitting for the Legend of Legends.

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bnorvell created a new topic ' New Member 7.29.15' in the forum. 2 days ago

I've been playing the blues for 40 years... And I love all Harmonica music. I'm a member of Rubber Capital Harmonica Club, we travel to retirement homes and perform.. Looking forward to being a member of Harmonicaclub... BN.

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cardinal commented on JamesA's video 2 days ago

Sounds great.

Desperado

Desperado by the Eagles

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Desperado

Desperado by the Eagles

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Dexer replied to the topic 'If You Suck, Post a Video' in the forum. 2 days ago

I just posted a video test of my newly arrived Tombo Aero Reed Db. The song MOUNTAIN OF LOVE was recorded by many folks including one of my all time faves: Johnny Rivers. I hope this video isn't too insulting :)

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AONTIVEROS added a video. 2 days ago

el viejo de las canas

un pedazo de la canción armónica hohner "C" Mexican folk song

Dexer added a video. 2 days ago

Mountain of Love

Harmonica Club Video

Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 2 days ago

I found a package in my mailbox today and I was a bit surprised. I don't have any Blu-ray Discs coming from amazon and the car parts I ordered were just sent last night. What could this be? Then I saw the Japanese post mark...the nearly forgotten Tombo Aero Reed!

When you choose free-shipping from Japan, your package goes on the slowest boat they can find. I hadn't forgotten about the Aero Reed but, knowing that shipping to Canada takes several weeks, I put it at the back of my mind.

This is a Db...the very LAST key I needed to fill the hole from LowF to F. I now have every key in that range.

Here's a pic with a demonstration video to follow in a few moments.

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JamesA added a video. 3 days ago

Desperado

Desperado by the Eagles

SWAPAN DEB What a passionately played James! Nice hat 2 days ago
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Alaraine really cool. I have never been a big fan of the eagles, but somehow the way you played this i really like. 2 days ago
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cardinal Sounds great. 2 days ago
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JamesA replied to the topic '"Commenting" on Photos and Videos' in the forum. 3 days ago

HI Dexter, should just be a matter of pressing the enter key. It kinda works the same way as commenting on facebook.

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Marcy commented on cardinal's video 3 days ago

Nice smooth playing. I love all the old Carter Family tunes and harmonica sure goes well with them I think.

"I Never Will Marry"

Hohner Special 20 G This is the version recorded by Kristen Hersh in the '90s. The lyrics and melody are similar to the version by the Carter...

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"I Never Will Marry"

Hohner Special 20 G This is the version recorded by Kristen Hersh in the '90s. The lyrics and melody are similar to the version by the Carter...

Marcy Nice smooth playing. I love all the old Carter Family tunes and harmonica sure goes well with them I think.

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Reed Smith replied to the topic 'Whats Amps Do Not Distort?' in the forum. 4 days ago

I think you mean feedback, as most like the amp to distort. If you want a clean sound get an Audex Fireball
and go straight to P.A. or a solid state amp. Bear in mind, most any speaker(combo amp) is going to
FEEDBACK when a microphone is positioned in front of it. On the "seriously" side, an amp will only make
ones playing louder. 95 percent of the tone a harmonica player generates comes from them, so if you can
seriously get a good acoustic tone then you will have a serious amplified tone. If not, an amp will only make
your mistakes/slop/poor technique/ whatever, stick out like a sore thumb, "Crap in, Crap out," comes to mind.

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